Feb 4, 2013 9:00pm PST
is this man, john brennan, a senior official at the cia and head of the national counterterrorism center during the bush presidency. reportedly, barack obama considered offering him the p job at the cia in 08, t public opposition caused brennan to withdraw from consideration. obama kept brennan on as an adviser, and last year, when brennan became the first official to formally acknowledge that the drone program even existed, he again encountered protests. >> how many people are you willing to sacrifice? why are you lying to the american people and not saying how many innocents have been killed? >> thank you ma'am for expressing your views. we will have time for questions following the presentation. >> i speak out on behalf of tariq aziz. a 16-year-old in pakistan who was killed because he wanted to document the drone strikes. >> now, despite brennan's past notoriety, obama officially has nominated him to head the cia. this time, there's been little criticism of the decision. so, we'll watch brennan's upcoming confirmation hearings to see if any congressional critics press him on w
Feb 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
and the problem there, which is growing and mushrooming, the state department, cia an to a cerin extent the departmentf defence all of ich were thowg their hands up in the air and saying we have to do something, we have to do something so the interagency got involved and the series of articles we saw this week came out in which hillary clinton, dempsey and also the former hid of the c, a david petraeus were advocating arming groups in syria which until now now has been a no-go issue for the obama administration. >> this argue inside the administration was kept pretty quiet for a pretty long time, wasn't it? >> it was. partly it has to do with the fact that we don't know how serious and how intense it was. the fact that the president was given firsan option and wasold that maybe it's a good idea if we intervene does not mean that this was ever elevated to a status of a real serious discussion. but also all the people who were advocating intervention also knew how difficult syria would be. and therefore i think there never was the kind of enthusiasm we saw either with afghanistan,
Jan 31, 2013 9:00pm PST
aggressive. he and his people reviewed all existing ongoing cia covert operations and with the exception of aggressive interrogations, endorsed all of them, and doubled down on a number of them. >> narrator: at the center of obama's covert war: targeted killings-- death by drone. >> the fact that barack obama would be the guy that leads america into this world of predator drones and navy seals and cyber warfare and sort of the dark arts of the special forces and the cia-- and that would be a major part of his foreign policy-- i don't think anyone would have predicted that. >> he's the first bel peace prize winner with a kill list. and it is very disappointing to his base. it is very disappointing to civil liberties supporters who thought he was going to be much more of a stereotypical liberal. >> narrator: in the spring of 2011, obama's covert war scored a significant victory. it began with a single piece of intelligence. cia director leon panetta had learned osama bin laden might be living in a compound in pakistan. >> the intelligence case was entirely circumstantia bodyaw oma b laden,
Feb 3, 2013 12:30pm PST
hearing? >> leon panetta, in his first public appearance, after leaving the cia, made a bunch of blunders of this kind. >> here is what is ahead for the next defense secretary, a huge cuts in the budget, sequestration, afghanistan, the bombings in syria, egypt in chaos, al qaeda all over the place, china with the military migh north kor talking about anotr test, targeting the united states. why didn't they get into that stuff? >> it was up to the members to do it but they did not get into it. it was not the objective. the objective from one side was to make sure the president's nominee gets through. the other side was to do everything they could to damage him. it was not a good display of congressional oversight. >> this is a guy who said -- he voted against designang the voluonarguar inran a terror organization. badgering to ask the guy to explain that? he had no answer. >> when i heard him talk about it, speaking to the senator from virginia, jim webb, he took that argument and persuaded him. >> the same that dick lugar did, and john kerry, joe biden to last a blunt about this.